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How to Stay Mindful of Your Health This Holiday Season 

The holiday season is a time for family, friends, and fun. But it’s also a time when our minds can wander from our healthy habits. From overeating to skipping workouts, it’s easy to let our health fall by the wayside during this busy time of year.

But being mindful of your health doesn’t have to be a chore. There are simple things you can do to stay on track like incorporating movement into your holiday gatherings and choosing healthier foods at potlucks. By making small changes like these, you can enjoy all the festive fun without sacrificing your health.


Set Realistic Expectations

As life goes on, we often find ourselves setting unrealistic expectations for ourselves and for the people we care about. While it is admirable to want to achieve great things, it is equally important to remain realistic about what is achievable in a specific amount of time. If we fail to set appropriate expectations for our plans and goals, we risk setting ourselves up for disappointment. By considering what can logically be accomplished and by using positive affirmations that keep our goals within reach, we provide ourselves with realistic and attainable satisfaction. At the same time, holding our loved ones to conventional expectations helps keep them feeling secure and stable in their relationships with us. With this approach, everyone stays motivated to stay on track and succeed together.


Make A Plan and Stick to It as Much as Possible

Creating a plan for healthy eating and regular exercise is an important step toward establishing a healthier lifestyle. If you want to ensure success, it’s best to be specific and realistic when setting your goals. Start by making a habit of looking at the nutrition facts labels on food items–doing this will help you to make informed decisions about what kind of foods you’re consuming as well as how much. It’s also important to find physical activities that you enjoy doing so that sticking to an exercise regime doesn’t seem like a chore. With time, these healthy habits will become second nature; small changes made each day can add up to have an even bigger impact on your everyday life.


Avoid Heavy Alcohol and Sugar Consumption

Excessive consumption of either alcohol or sugar can have serious repercussions on one’s health. Not only can it lead to diseases such as diabetes and heart issues, but it can also contribute to obesity, which increases the risk of further health complications. To stay in optimal physical shape, it is recommended to maintain moderation when consuming either substance. There is no need for complete abstinence in order to stay healthy, though moderation is always advised. On an emotional level, too much of both may lead to impairments in judgment and mood swings that can be hard to recover from–not just physically but mentally as well. All in all, being mindful of intake levels for both alcohol and sugar will help ensure overall wellness.


Get Enough Sleep

Getting enough sleep is key to functioning at the top of your game. Without the proper rest, you can quickly become fatigued and unable to think clearly or make logical decisions. For this reason, it is essential to prioritize adequate slumber even if it means turning down late-night gatherings or events. Though not always easy, saying “no” on occasion is healthy and well worth the extra energy you will gain in return. If sleep is not a priority now, inevitably regret might creep in later when health becomes an issue. To get ahead and stay at your best, make sure to get enough restful sleep–because your well-being should always take precedence!


Take Time for Yourself

Creating the habit of taking some time for yourself every day can transform your overall well-being in a remarkably positive way. These moments off will give you an opportunity to connect with yourself and refocus on your personal goals. The practice could consist of taking deep breaths during a moment of meditation or perhaps reading a few pages from that book you’ve been wanting to catch up on. Making time for yourself is not about being selfish; it is about keeping your emotional and physical health in check. Doing so can lead to improved emotional resiliency, increased mental clarity, and greater peace of mind. So, plan out some regular “me-time” this week and enjoy some much-needed relaxation.


Be Grateful

Often times it can be difficult to appreciate what we have when challenges arise. Yet, taking the time to notice and be grateful for what we do have is an opportunity to focus on the positive in our lives. Being mindful of the present moment and appreciating life’s small pleasures can create a feeling of contentment and help maintain an optimistic outlook on life. By cultivating gratitude towards ourselves, others, and our circumstances, regardless of what they are, we can move forward with increased optimism while remaining true to our values.


If you start making small changes today, they can have a big impact on your health in the long run. Set realistic expectations for yourself and your loved ones, make a healthy eating and exercise plan that works for you, avoid drinking too much alcohol or eating too much sugar, get enough sleep every night, and take some time for yourself every day. Be grateful for what you have and focus on the positive aspects of your life to help improve your mental health.

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween by Avoiding Insurance Claims

Halloween is a special day of the year that many people young and old get excited about. However, Halloween poses more dangers than scary masks and fake blood, so you need to stay safe and protect what you care about. Here are some useful tips for staying safe, having fun, and avoiding insurance claims!

Safety When Driving on Halloween Night

It’s a given that you need to be more vigilant and pay attention to your surroundings when driving at night. Threats ahead are more difficult to see, and incidents like wildlife running into the road can happen suddenly. But on Halloween, there is more than just wild animals walking along the roads. First, depending on where you are driving there may be trick-or-treaters out for a stroll. There could also be teenagers getting up to no good, playing pranks or hanging out in wooded areas. Even if you are driving on an empty road or in a place with no houses around, remain on alert. 

Young adults and adults celebrate Halloween, too, and drunk drivers are another threat to look out for when you are driving on Halloween night. Scan the road for anyone who is driving erratically, and do not be afraid to place a call to a non-emergency phone line. 

You do not want a night that’s supposed to be full of spooky fun to turn into a real life nightmare, where you have to make an unfortunate auto claim. However, in the event of an accident, remember your agent is only a call away. Calling your insurance agent is one of the first things you want to do after an accident occurs. 

Trick-or-Treating Safety

If you’ll be spending Halloween with your children, there are some important safety precautions you can take to ensure you have a fun yet enjoyable holiday. If your children will be trick-or-treating in yours or a friend’s neighborhood, make sure you and/or another adult are present at all times. Gone are the days that kids can just be turned loose to get candy from strangers’ homes. Even if your children are older, it’s still risky to let them walk alone – especially on Halloween when predators may be more likely to be out. 

If you wish to be extra precautious, you can have your children’s candy scanned at your local police department – to make sure there are no harmful objects or substances inside the pieces. Even if you don’t go this far, still glance over your child’s bag of candy before letting them begin eating. If you see any candy wrappers that look damaged or otherwise off in any way, it’s safest to simply throw the candy away. 

If you’ll be passing out candy from your home, make sure all walkways and steps are clean and well-lit. Children may get excited when there’s a bowl of candy ahead, and it’s possible they could trip and fall and get hurt if the path to your door is dark or has debris. Avoid a potential insurance claim by ensuring your home is safe for little monsters and witches to visit. 

Staying in on Halloween

If you are spending Halloween at home and do not have any children around, there are still some safety precautions you can take. If you have pets, keep them inside for their safety. There may be strangers who want to harm them in the name of Halloween, but they could also just get frightened by the commotion and run off. You also need to protect your home and possessions. Make sure your garage is securely shut, or if you leave your vehicle outside, that its doors are locked and any enticing electronics or other personal items are taken inside the house. Double check that your home’s doors are locked, even if you plan to stay in all evening. Thieves and vandals often take advantage of the Halloween commotion to perform their nefarious deeds. If something happens, you have insurance in place to protect you, but you certainly don’t want to have to use it, so take proper precautions on the 31st. 

No matter what you’re doing this Halloween, you can stay safe and avoid having to make a claim. But if you need us, our agency is only a phone call or email away!